A huge week of sailing in Europe and beyond

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 16 Jun 2010

A huge week of sailing all over Europe and internationally

Sail-World.com welcomes our European readers.

A huge week of sailing in Europe and internationally.

By far the biggest news of this week has been the dismasting and rescue of the American teenager Abby Sunderland from the Southern Ocean and we have all the latest.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is underway in Italy, while the Loro Piana Superyacht regatta has just finished in Costa Smeralda. The RC44s have been racing in cold and rain in Copenhagen, we have great images and a story on the 72nd Bol D'or on Lake Geneva, catch up on the latest from the Vuelta España a Vela, Round Spain race, as well as the Classic Fyn Rundt. The PWA Slalolm World Cup has just finished its Spanish round and Zwitserleven Sailing Week is underway.

Our congratulations to new Star European Champions Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy who lead the regatta from start to finish.

The new Laser Standard European Champion is Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, while Tina Mihelic, also from Croatia is the new Laser Radial Champion.

And we can't forget Mathieu Richard, winner of Match Cup Korea (the third stage of the World Match Racing Tour).

Internationally much is happening and you'll just have to read on ... We hope you enjoy.


Just ONE day left to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
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Velux 5 Oceans legends to clash in Clipper Festival Race
Velux 5 Oceans Press Office,
Velux 5 Oceans veterans Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Derek Hatfield and John Hughes are to do battle in Canadian waters as part of a week-long sailing festival. The three renowned solo sailors will go head to head in the Clash of the Legends race today, just one of the many events organised for the Cape Breton stopover of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]
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Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race – Just over 200 miles to go
Andy Sinclair,
Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race 2010 (SRBI) lead competitors, sponsored by Shetland Islands Council, are now half way in to the third leg of the 2,000 mile voyage.... [more]
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Vuelta a España a Vela - A thrilling cliff-hanger to the end
Vuelta a España a Vela,
Vuelta a España a Vela, leg two update: After 110 miles of tough, mainly upwind racing and a thrilling, tight finish only three minutes and 12 seconds separated the top three teams when they crossed the finish line in Gijon.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Regatta images
Ingrid Abery Photography,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Regatta, hosted by The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for the sixth year has been running since Monday 14th June, and will continue to Wednesday 16th June 2010. Since its introduction the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup has gone from strength to strength with the competitors enjoying close racing and a great social programme.... [more]
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Carlo Alberini's Calvi Network Conquers Audi Melges 20 Riva Del Garda
International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
Audi Melges 20 sailing series in beautiful Riva Del Garda was dominated by Calvi Network's Carlo Alberini. The event was organised by Fraglia Dalla Della Vela at Riva Del Garda.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Another day closer to the Offshore race
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Giraglia Rolex Cup. The second day of inshore racing the Giraglia Rolex Cup dawned with more promise than the first. By 13.26CEST all yachts were racing: the IMA group on a 21.5 nautical mile course and the remainder on a 16.1 nm race.... [more]
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Zwitserleven Sailing Week - First event Nacra 2010 Int'l Championship
Diana Bogaards,
Zwitserleven Sailing Week. A total of 62 Nacra catamarans, representing nine countries, lined up for the first event of the 2010 Zwitserleven Sailing Week. The F18 Nacra Infusion class attracted the biggest fleet with 40 entries. Gunnar Larsen and Jeroen van Leeuwen from the Netherlands are leading after four races.... [more]
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Lake Geneva Bol d'Or: A fine victory for Dona Bertarelli
Jobé Jean Philippe,
72nd edition of the Lake Genva Bol D'or: First win for a multihull staffed by a mostly female team lead by Dona Bertarelli. The Bol d'Or race on Lake Geneva was raced this week-end in light conditions, wind probably peeked around 15 knots during the night, but it died down on Sunday so that more than half the fleet did not finish.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit – Back to reality in second regatta of the season
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit's second regatta of the 2010 season begins Wednesday and the challenges of Marseille's famous Rade Sud lie in wait for teams. Since 2007 the venue which is world renowned for the Mistral has always delivered the world's leading regatta circuit a dose of the renowned strong winds.... [more]
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Vuelta a España a Vela - Santander's spectacular stage two start
Vuelta a España a Vela,
Vuelta España a Vela, stage two update: It was the hometown heroes versus the golden Movistar duo when the eight IMOCA Open 60's broke the start line for the Vuelta España a Vela this afternoon off the Real Club Maritimo Santander, with France's Safran – the race leader – challenging them ominously behind.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2010 – Images from day two
Carlo Borlenghi and Luca Butto,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2010 images from day two, provided by Carlo Borlenghi and Luca Butto... [more]
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Record participation of international IRC Yachts at Classic Fyn Rundt
Hans Genthe,
16 IRC yachts sailed the 150-mile track around the Danish Island of Funen, together with 151 other, mostly Danish yachts. The regatta 'Classic Fyn Rundt' of the 'Kerteminde Sejlklub' is one of the major regattas that take place in the Danish Islands. It is characterized by it's challenging navigation and it's nerve-jangling wind and current conditions.... [more]
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RC44 Copenhagen Cup – Day six – A bittersweet day
Sharon Allison/Dubai International Marine Club,
RC44 Copenhagen Cup, day six update: With winds blowing 18 knots and gusting up to 25 of the boats docked out on day six of the RC44 Copenhagen Cup in conditions promising lively races for the completion of the Cup.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series - Images
Guido Trombetta,
Guido Trombetta provides images from the Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Riva del Garda in Italy... [more]
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PWA Slalom World Cup Catalunya - Dunkerbeck and Jaggi claim the event
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Dunkerbeck and Jaggi conquer a mentally grueling day on the golden sands to claim their crowns in Catalunya. The wind was simply of teasing force, and not suitable for official competition.... [more]
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RC44 Copenhagen Cup - A pretty good day despite a collision
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports on the final day of racing at the RC44 Copenhagen Cup. In the first two races we did very well passing boats downwind in the planing conditions to score a 3 and a 4.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland, her critics and the pressures of sponsorship
Nancy Knudsen,
Abby Sunderland, dismasted, her round world attempt foiled and her boat abandoned, is now headed for the French-owned Kerguelan Islands on a fishing boat that went out of their way to rescue her... But even before she has touched dry land, the inevitable controversy about her voyage – and future voyages by teenagers – has begun..... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2010 day one - Short and fast
Whilst the first three days of racing in the Bay of Saint-Tropez are treated competitively, it is the distance race component of the Giraglia Rolex Cup that deservedly garners most of the attention, and, the winners most of the plaudits. There is likely to be a record fleet this year, with large numbers entering across all categories.... [more]
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Korea Match Cup 2010 – Second for Williams
Jo Gawith,
Korea Match Cup update: Team GAC Pindar's World Match Racing sailor, Ian Williams finished runner-up to Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing Team) at the Korea Match Cup final, held in South Korea today. The result sees Williams move up to third from eighth place in the tour standings, after the third event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Star European Championships 2010 - It's a tie for second!
Andrew Campbell,
Star European Championships 2010 update: US Star sailor Andrew Campbell reports - With a fifth place finish today in a better-than-forecast 5-10 knot westerly, Brad and I tied with Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn of Canada to take second place at the Championships behind only Germans Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy in the 135 boat fleet.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2010 - Ganesha overall winner
Jill Campbell,
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2010 - With two straight wins out of two races held, the 39 metre Ganesha is the overall winner of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2010. Ganesha, built by Fitzroy yachts, also dominated the 23 boat Cruising Division while the Wally 101 Indio took overall victory in the Performance division.... [more]
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Star European Championship victory to Polgar and Koy
Star Europeans,
Star European Championship Viareggio, Italy. Star Class European Championship victory to the German crew of Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy, who led the regatta from start to finish. The USA crew of Andrew Campbell and Brad Nichol finished the regatta well and moved up to take the silver medal. Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn took the bronze.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland transferred at sea - latest images
Sail-World and AMSA Media,
The latest update from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on the Wild Eyes dismasting reports that Abby Sunderland will be transferred to another vessel at the Keugelen Islands, deep in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Abby and her winter rescue - why?
Nancy Knudsen,
How and why Abby Sunderland ended up in the South Indian Ocean in winter, when the passing systems combine with warm tropical air moving south to make monster storms, is now being asked by experienced sailors round the world. However, especially after Jessica Watson's successful conclusion, skeptics who voiced their concerns up until now were few and far between, and slammed as pessimists... [more]
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Abby Sunderland on board rescue vessel
Sail-World and AMSA Media,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the safe rescue of Abby Sunderland from her Open 40 yacht, Wild Eyes. It is presumed that the yacht has been abandoned in the Southern Ocean, as there is no mention of her in the media release. It is clear that the Australian rescue authority wishes to get the teenage sailor onto terra firma with as little disruption to commercial shipping... [more]
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Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships Results
Laser Europeans,
The Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships & Trophy 2010 in Tallinn, Estonia came to an end today. In Laser Standard, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic won his first European Championships title. In Laser Radial, the new European Champion is Tina Mihelic, also from Croatia.... [more]
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Fast Company - Our ride aboard l'Hydroptère with the team who sail her
Paul Larsen,
The last week has been a good week in the life of the Vestas Sailrocket. It has been made all the better by being in the company of Hydroptere and the team who sail her.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère hits 42 knots on the Solent
Alain Thébault and his crew onboard l'Hydroptère left her home port of la Trinité sur Mer at the end of May to head to the legendary marina of Cowes on the Isle of Wight and the start of their European Tour. At the end of the week, it will be time to head to Kiel. The crew will spend a few days in the North sea.... [more]
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European 18ft Skiff Championship images
Frank Quealey/Sail-World.com,
The European 18ft Skiff Championship were recently sailed at Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy. This gallery of images has been supplied by Norbert Peter - www.flying18s.com and were taken by Latsi Meissner and another unnamed photographer.... [more]
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Laser Standard and Laser Radial Europeans - Lack of wind
Laser Standard & Laser Radial European Champions,
Laser Standard and Laser Radial European Championships & Trophy 2010 update. On Laser Standard, the first race was held in around shifty, up to 8 knots wind. Australian Ryan Palk took the first final race, with German Philipp Buhl second and Tonci Stipanovic third.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland's father says her quest is now over
Crew on a Qantas plane have made contact with a solo sailor who is in trouble in the southern Indian Ocean. 'Probably the best news we at home base could have wished for. We are ecstatic.' Mr Sunderland says his daughter's quest to sail around the world in her Wild Eyes yacht is over.... [more]
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NEWS FLASH Abby Sunderland - dismasted but safe
Nancy Knudsen,
Abby Sunderland has been found - her yacht is dismasted but she is safe!... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2010 preparations well underway
Rory Ramsden,
The preparations for the 2010 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships are well underway. Windsurfers from many of the world's strongest sailing nations are out training on the water at Kerteminde; the host city of one of the largest sports events on Fünen in 2010, coming up on the other side of the summer.... [more]
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Youth Olympic Games Role Models announced by IOC
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the list of Singapore 2010 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August in Singapore.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings June 9 - No change at the top
ISAF World Match Race Rankings as at June 9th, 2010. The current World Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) continues to dominate in the Open Rankings whilst Lucy Macgregor (GBR) holds off the chasing pack to maintain her 1 position in the Women's.... [more]
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SB3 World Championship entry tops 100
Katie Ashworth,
World Championship for the SB3s will be hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy from 19 – 23 July 2010. The entry list has topped 100 boats, and is still growing. No surprises there then! Entries flooded into Circolo Vela Torbole as soon as the entry list opened in February, a clear demonstration of the popularity of Lake Garda as a venue for major events.... [more]
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$2000 appearance money for International Laser sailors competing in Oz
Trevor Griffiths,
With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia offer of $2000 in appearance money, will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater. Now local transport package between major events for the fastest to book a boat and place.... [more]
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